You Said a Mouthful

You Said a Mouthful

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Produced by Raymond Griffith
Screenplay by Robert Lord
Bolton Mallory
Story by William B. Dover
Starring Joe E. Brown
Ginger Rogers
Preston Foster
Allen Hoskins
Harry Gribbon
Edwin Maxwell
Sheila Terry
Cinematography Richard Towers
Edited by Owen Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • December 8, 1932 (1932-12-08)
Running time
70 minutes
Country United States
Language English

You Said a Mouthful is a 1932 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by Lloyd Bacon and written by Robert Lord and Bolton Mallory. The film stars Joe E. Brown, Ginger Rogers, Preston Foster, Allen Hoskins, Harry Gribbon, Edwin Maxwell and Sheila Terry.[1][2] The film was released by Warner Bros. on December 8, 1932.


Joe Holt works for the Armstrong Rubber Goods company and believes he has invented an "unsinkable" bathing suit. His colleagues mock Joe behind his back and fool him into thinking his boss likes the swimsuit idea.

Joe travels to California to inherit his aunt's fortune, which he intends to use to finance manufacturing of his swimsuit. It turns out his aunt died broke. Joe befriends a servant's son, Sam Wellington, and together take a boat to Santa Catalina Island.

A socialite, Alice Brandon, mistakes Joe for a famous swimmer of the same name. She has just broken up with channel swimmer Ed Dover and wants him to lose an upcoming channel race, so she persuades Joe to enter. Sam needs to teach Joe how to swim. The real Joe Holt ends up in jail, being called an impostor. And in the end, amazingly, sinkable Joe impresses Alice by winning the race.



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